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Steffl Brothers Lead The Surging Knights

November 1, 2011, 10:30 PM by Jim Madalinsky

Steffl Brothers Lead The Surging Knights
SIOUX FALLS, SD - A physical defense, and a tough running game has been a staple of Steve Keuter's program at O'Gorman for more than three decades.  This season, he's been able to rely on a pair of workhorses who have excelled in both aspects of the game plan.

"They're two great football players and two smart kids who have been around along time and know what they're doing," Keuter said.

They're also brothers.

Sam and Nic Steffl grew up together on the football field.  And with each other's help, the pair has shown the rest of the state exactly what they're capable of.

"We're always pushing each other, which really helps, because there's no limits to how far we can go and what we can do so it really helps the team," O'Gorman junior RB/LB Nic Steffl said.

The duo started off the year as the team's starting middle linebackers, with older brother and returning all-stater Sam carrying the load offensively.

An injury to Flynn Donelan, though, has allowed Nic to step in on offense.  And the junior has responded nicely.

"For Nic Steffl to step in and take that running back spot like he did at the end of the year shows what kind of kid he is.  And we count on them a lot," Keuter said.

And even though Sam may be the older of the Steffls, Nic usually gets the last word.

"Nic is more of a talker than the older one, Sam.  But they get things done and they get people in the right places and they're team leaders," Keuter said.

Both brothers have had plenty of success on the gridiron this season.  But like any set of siblings, there's always a little bit of a competitive rivalry.

"Yeah, I'm happy for him, obviously.  But at the same time you always just wanna do a little better," Nic said.

"It's a joking rivalry kind of thing. We push each other and try to out do each other but it's all good-natured," Sam said.

And no matter who it is making the big plays, both Sam and Nic will be happy as long as it ends in a Knights State Championship.

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